Emotional Readiness and Weight Loss Surgery
Los Angeles, California
If you suffer from obesity and related health conditions, you may benefit from weight loss surgery. Dr. Carson Liu™ has the experience, expertise and training to perform a comprehensive evaluation to assess your physical and emotional readiness.
The science behind weight loss surgery is simple: by surgically reducing the size of your stomach, you eat less and lose weight.
Emotional readiness for weight loss surgery is somewhat more complex. Long-term success begins with accepting that surgery alone will not change your emotional relationship with food. Committing to a new way of life, changing your eating and exercise habits, and understanding the emotional triggers that cause you to overeat are great ways to begin. You may also benefit from participating in a weight loss support group.
Do You Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?
If you and Dr. Liu agree you are emotionally ready to undergo weight loss surgery, the next step is determining physical eligibility, based on specific guidelines:
Age: The best candidates for bariatric surgery are between 18 and 65 years old.
BMI: Body Mass Index measures your weight in relation to your height. A BMI between 30 and 39.9, along with obesity-related health conditions, or a BMI above 40, indicates eligibility for weight loss surgery. A BMI of less than 30 does not automatically disqualify you as a candidate. Dr. Liu qualifies each patient on a case-by-case basis.
Smoking: The best candidates for weight loss surgery do not smoke, take illicit drugs, or drink alcohol excessively.
Diet: If you have tried and failed numerous times to lose weight with other structured programs, you are a likely candidate for weight loss surgery.
Emotional Readiness: Success with weight loss surgery requires a meaningful commitment to permanent lifestyle changes, including regular follow up visits with Dr. Liu.
Obesity: A Devastating Epidemic
Consider these facts:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 50% of American adults, or 97 million people, are obese.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports morbid obesity reduces life expectancy considerably and contributes to a host of obesity-related health conditions.
Other studies have linked obesity and depression. Obese people are more likely to be depressed because of poor health and dissatisfaction with appearance. This leads to a vicious cycle of overeating to compensate for depression. Ineffective dieting and antidepressants can worsen obesity, as they do not offer a permanent solution to weight loss.
Are you ready to end your struggle with obesity? Contact Dr. Carson Liu™ in Los Angeles, California to schedule your comprehensive bariatric surgery consultation.